First Drive 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

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First Drive: 2014 Spark EV

Nov 16, 2012

Chevrolet’s top John Cafaro likes to say the minicar has larger headlamps wheels. When it comes to the but startling Spark EV, visual is supplemented by an engineering feat for the of efficiency.

As Chevrolet’s first vehicle, the Spark EV represents the effort to adapt an existing as a no-compromises electric car. Motors’s product development Mary Barra said the is not building the Spark EV to check a box.

Global sales are the stated after the Spark EV goes on late next summer. It debut in select United markets and South Korea, the car is made. Unlike some electrics, it can be purchased outright of acquired on a lease-only deal.

pricing is yet to be announced, but buyers get an 8-year/100,000-mile warranty on the 560-pound, lithium-ion battery.

Traces of Styling

The five-door Spark relies on an bold stance and some body colors, yet it still help looking like a skate. The Spark EV bears slight differences. Chief them, the paneled nose is with energy waves, a from the Volt.

We briefly the preproduction prototype with development engineer Trista alongside at Cavallo Point, an old near the northern end of the Golden Bridge. Besides the nose the car was also trimmed with a rear spoiler. While the coefficient of drag hadn’t determined, Schieffer assured us it be lower than the current

Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars

It translates into range single time the person this vehicle, the 39-year-old of the slippery shape. We were to close off the upper grille to for aero and still meet our and heating efficiencies.

Three and -heating circuits, each its own dedicated water pump, through the car. One of them thermal management of the rear-mounted pack. We can handle multiple in a day, even in a hot climate, we have a liquid-cooled battery, said.


The other liquid circuits are for the electronics and the interior climate

Additional external visual include a tiny EV badge on the liftgate and unique 15-inch wheels. At 6.5 inches, the rear are wider to retain stable characteristics in the face of greater Low-resistance tires measure R15 in front and 195/55 R15 in rear.

The left-front fender’s charging betrays the means of propulsion.

A functional difference is the actively lower-front air intake. Opening and as needed, this electromechanically device responds to calculations of road speed, activity of electronic systems, and the power demanded by the car’s occupants.

Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars
Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Cars

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